Busy Otters Bag Medals Galore!

Two weekends, two galas and lots of success for the swimmers from Diss Otters.First up was the Warwick Thompson County Gala held at Waterworld in Thetford. Fifteen swimmers aged between 9 and 17 from Diss took part with some terrific results in the pool. From only 68 individual swims the squad managed to accumulate 27 (11G, 8S, 8B) medals. 

Nathan Hunt and Lily Ellis both bagged six medals each and nine other swimmers collected medals - a really good achievement, which coupled with a mountain of new personal bests meant a really pleased coaching team.
The Diss Otters squad members were Amber Dewsbery, Ella Townsend, Phoebe Tovell, Alex Jackson, Lily Ellis, Ellesha Close, Ellen Davidson, Laurie Shearer, Toby Townsend, Katie Halmshaw, Nathan Hunt, Eleanor Godbold, Jon Barber, Lauren Taylor and Harrison Fall.

Last weekend saw a team of 21 Diss Otters take to the 50m UEA Sportspark pool for the City of Norwich March Long Course gala.

120 individual swims saw 58 top 8 swims, including 6 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals. The team also achieved 58 new personal best times over the weekend, which considering a lot of the team had peaked for the County Championships only a few weeks earlier was a great return.

Noah Blair, Oslo Chapman, Thea Irvine, Rosie Munnings, Heidi Noakes, Ciaran Strike and Matthew Tatum were the medal winning swimmers with great performances from the rest of the team who were Callum Blair, Harry Button, Olivia Chapman, Harry Daly,Shannon Evans, Harrison Fall, Imogen Grimes, Nathan Hunt, Forbes Irvine, Alex Jackson, Cassia Miller, Ottilie Miller, Tiggy Miller and Kara O'Dell. 

Nine clubs took part in the gala with Diss Otters finishing fifth in the team standings behind the big four of City of Norwich, West Norfolk, City of Cambridge and West Suffolk but well clear of the other comparably sized clubs taking part in the event.

Diss Otters County Success

Twenty eight swimmers from Diss Otters Swimming Club took part in the recent Norfolk County Championships held at the UEA Sportspark's 50m pool, in front of large crowds of spectators and supporters.
Although competing against the cream of the counties swimmers from club's across Norfolk the Otters can hold their heads up high as they came back to Diss having had a very successful gala.

159 individual swims resulted in 101 new personal best times, 46 top eight finishes which included 5 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronzes.

The Otters medals came courtesy of Rosie Munnings (4g,4s,2b) and Finlay Neve (1g,2b). As well as medals, 3 swimmers - Rosie Munnings (50m Free, 100m Free and 50m Breast), Matthew Munnings (50m Fly and 100m Fly) and Daniel Bachu (50m Fly) swam times fast enough to qualify for the East of England Regional Championships to be held in May.

To top her gala off Rosie Munnings was presented with the top girl award in the 13 years age group for her overall performances during the Championships.

The Otters squad members were Callum Blair, Finlay Neve, Oslo Chapman, Lucas Blair, Noah Blair, Ciaran Strike, Harry Daly, Matthew Tatum, Matthew Munnings, Lily-Anne Jones, Rosie Munnings, Lottie Gates, Imogen Grimes, Nathan Hunt, Thea Irvine, Forbes Irvine, Daniel Bachu, Alex Jackson, Tiggy Miller, Amber Daly, Kathryn Wood, Olivia Chapman, Cassia Miller, Angus Betts, Harry Button, Millie Bachu, Jude Ashken and Ottilie Miller.

Diss Otters Springboard Gala 2019

Date: 9th March 2019 5:00pm (Warm Up)
Closing Date For Entires:  Friday 15th February 2019
Venue: Diss Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Diss IP22 4JG (Map)
Cost: £3 per event
Age: As of 9th March 2019
Age Groups: 8yrs, 9yrs, 10yrs, 11/OV Heat Declared Winners
Awards: Top 3 competitors in each age group

Entry Form and Full Details:  Individual Entry Form
Electronic Entry FormDO19_EntryData

Schedule of Events:

1Boys 100m IM2Girls 100m IM
3Boys 25m Free4Girls 25m Free
5Boys 50m Free6Girls 50m Free
7Boys 25m Fly8Girls 25m Fly
9Boys 50m Fly10Girls 50m Fly
11Boys 25m Breast12Girls 25m Breast
13Boys 50m Breast14Girls 50m Breast
15Boys 25m Back16Girls 25m Back
17Boys 50m Back18Girls 50m Back

No Faster Times

25m Free21.0021.00
50m Free42.4841.08
25m Breast29.0029.00
50m Breast50.2055.99
25m Butterfly24.0024.00
50m Butterfly57.8154.81
25m Back25.0025.00
50m Back49.0848.08
100m Medley1:47.001:47.00

New Sponsor for Otters Springboard Gala

Following on from the success of their Open Gala in October held at UEA Sportspark, Diss Otters are to stage their inaugural Springboard Gala at Diss Leisure Centre on Saturday 9th March.

This gala is specifically designed for novice and less experienced swimmers who are taking their first steps on the competetive swimming ladder. Local clubs have been invited to take part and hopefully this will become an annual event in the clubs calendar.
The Otters are delighted to announce local opticians Dipple and Conway as the Springboard Gala main sponsor and their Operations Director Matthew Conway said "We are very happy to support the Otters! I used to swim in galas myself when I was younger and reall enjoyed the experience."
Photograph attached of Dean Munnings of Diss Otters Committee (left) and Matthew Conway of Dipple and Conway  (right).

Busy times for Diss Otters

Swimmers from Diss Otters have had a busy month trying to get qualification times for January's upcoming Norfolk County Championships.Newmarket Swimming Club's December Open earlier in the month saw a squad of 28 Otters take to the pool in 169 individual swims.

These led to an impressive haul of 84 top 6 finishes which included 10 gold medals, 21 silvers and 19 bronzes.

This was followed last weekend by 16 swimmers competing at Great Yarmouth's Winter Wipeout gala at the UEA Sportspark. 

Another competition of terrific performances saw 79 individual swims result in 49 top 6 finishes, including 6 golds, 11 silvers and 6 bronzes.
Numerous county qualifying times were achieved over the two galas, which should ensure that the club send a large squad of swimmers to take part in the showcase competition for Norfolk's junior swimmers over two weekends in January.

On top of their individual aspirations the club were also represented by a team at the recent Thetford Dolphins Invitational Gala. The squad put in some great performances during the evening ultimately finishing in third place behind winners and hosts Thetford Dolphins and just a solitary point adrift of runners up Great Yarmouth.

Diss Otters are always looking for new members and currently train up to four nights a week at Diss Leisure Centre.

For further details please visit our enquiries page 

Silver Pin Award to Diss Otter Member

Longstanding Diss Otters member Adam Lelean has been awarded the East of England ASA Silver Pin for his services to swimming.

Adam has been a member of the Diss club since 1988 when it was known as Waveney Otters.
He has held many positions with the Diss club including Chairman for two years and is also heavily involved with the sports administration at Norfolk County Level, including the organisation together with his wife Sally of the Norfolk Masters Gala.
As well as being a qualified referee - officiating at many local galas in Norfolk, Adam still competes at Master events across the country and occasionally overseas. He has a great passion for distance open water swimming and has got many of the junior members of the club to take part in local open water events.
Adam still coaches voluntarily at Diss with the younger swimmers benefitting from his huge experience and also the masters section who swim three times a week.
Adam underwent open heart surgery earlier this year and it is testament to his fitness and determination that he was back at the pool weeks ahead of schedule and is now back in the water doing what he loves best.

Diss Otters Open Gala Report 2018

Diss Otters held their annual Open Gala at the UEA Sportspark pool on Sunday and the event was a great success for the club and it's swimmers.

The organisers were swamped with entries this year and there was a packed programme of events to keep everyone busy throughout the day.

Visiting clubs included City of Cambridge, West Norfolk, Thetford Dolphins, Great Yarmouth and Huntingdon Piranhas. 

The spectator gallery was at capacity and they witnessed some great racing in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

The Diss Otters team were out in force with 47 swimmers taking part in a total of 292 individual swims which resulted in 101 top 6 finishes. Out of those 101 the swimmers bagged 8 gold medals, 28 silvers and 19 bronzes.

Full results are available here

Medal winners  on the day were Noah Blair, Oslo Chapman, Daniel Bachu, Matthew Munnings, Max Ashken, Matthew Tatum, Jude Ashken, Ella Townsend, Grace Cook, Evie Kemp, Rosie Munnings, Thea Irvine, Lottie Gates and Shannon Evans.

The team also achieved numerous qualifying times for January's County Championships which the coaching team look to as one of the swimmers main targets.

The club are looking to increase the number of galas that they stage in the coming year so that they can give swimmers more opportunities to swim competitively,  as local galas put on by other clubs are usually over subscribed.